And with a flourish Michelle Bachmann, amid scandal and controversy, has retired from politics. In honor of a politician who’s graces this web site so many times it feels as if we should make a special “5 timers” club post not unlike Justin Timberlake’s latest SNL foray. Rachel Maddow unfortunately beat us to it with a break down of Bachmann’s political strategy and demagoguery. She’s not only appealing to ignorance, she embodies it, comprehends the mind set and responds accordingly on the pulse of the FOX News. David Plouff recently had a quote as to how he see’s her role and exit in politics.

Stephanopoulos asked former Obama advisor David Plouffe if Democrats would miss Bachmann.

“Terribly,” Plouffe said. “It’s fun having her and the Sarah Palins of the world on the scene, because they sort of define this modern Republican party. Now you’ve got others to replace her. Now you’ve got Ted Cruz and others to fill the bill.”

Here is Rachel’s Take:

 

Ouch. FOX recently invited Military Expert Historian, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, and Senior Fellow of the Center For A New American Security military think tank Thomas Ricks on the show. Two questions and less then a minute into the interview about GOP politicians backing off of Susan Rice critcisms (most notably John McCain) Ricks lets him know precisely why he thinks the story is hyped. But doesn’t stop there and continues to accuse FOX of “operating as a wing of the Republican party”. The awkwardness index goes up to about 100% and the interview is cut short. One sure fire way to tell when the pwnage is dropping is that those who get crushed will always try to limp away even though the damage is already done.

UPDATE: FOX later claimed that Ricks apologized after the show. He did not. And I’ve added his response here after the video in which he claims FOX’s reaction “is horse shit”. Tom Ricks, we salute you!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhp9A43aeKM

It’s getting to the point where the Republicans don’t even know what they’re angry about regarding Benghazi anymore. However they’ve become so pot committed that to not see it out to the river means they’ll lose their chips anyway. Soledad O’Brien repeatedly attacks Joe Heck claiming he’s applying a double standard to the similar circumstances of Susan Rice explaining Benghazi to the UN and Condoleezza Rice explaining Weapons Of Mass Destruction. He tries to talk his way out of it multiple times but Soledad keeps hitting the rewind button to pwn him again. Ultimately Heck breaks down and admits that Susan Rice, the Rhodes Scholar he (FOX/McCain/All Republicans as well) have been painting as a dumb person for a month, is actually not to blame at all. Funnybot says… AWKWARD!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93MtwI-xEpY

In the last Indiana senate debate Richard Mourdock actually stated that “rape pregnancies” were, and I quote, “something that God intended to happen” as a defence for his opposition to women having the right to control what their bodies do, siding definitively on the side or rapists… doing God’s work everywhere. I’m not even sure if it’s a case of religion gone too far but try as I might to relate to the inner workings of Tea Party Philosophy it appears to take extremist pages from groups like The Taliban. When you point out these kinds of things about some republicans people often respond “he doesn’t’ represent all republicans” and no, he doesn’t. However, he does represent the state of Indiana who presently support him with 49.8% of the vote (meaning nearly 100% of Indiana’s republicans) in the New York Times Nate Silver’s 538 projection model. It’s nice to know that Indiana is with God, and God is with the rapists. Stay classy Tea Party.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hzLCx1mtK8

After Chris Matthews fell apart post-debate it seems he’s trying to get back on the horse. Pointing out when people are fabricating truths has become a priority again for Mr. Hardball. No matter what happened to Chris earlier, he goes after Jack Welch demanding evidence, facts and verification of the statements General Electric’s former CEO made on twitter. What becomes evident is Welch is guilty of some old fashioned politikin’ trying to spin numbers that are obviously good for Americans because they are bad for his guy. Would that be because his guy is going to line Welch’s pockets if he’s elected? Me thinks so and I call Shenanigans… but not on the Bureau Of Labour Statistics.